Great American Smokeout Day Encourages Smokers to Kick the Habit


The Great American Smokeout was started by the American Cancer Society in 1977 as a day to challenge smokers to quit smoking for 24 hours while increasing awareness of the dangers of smoking.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking causes 480,000 deaths every year in the U.S. That's more than the number of people that die from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol, vehicle accidents, and gun violence combined.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 36.5 million people in the US still smoke, but stopping can be tough.

Experts say even if you quit smoking for one day, you could help yourself out and your health.

Reduce your chances of getting cancer and developing heart problems by participating in the 41st Great American Smokeout.

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Since the 1970s, the American Cancer Society dedicated a day to kick the habit.

For many, quitting smoking is a tall mountain to climb.

Health officials say about 18 percent of adults in New Hampshire smoke cigarettes. "It's important for us to make sure that our patients and people that are visiting our hospital aren't subjected to some of those issues that come along with second-hand smoke".

"The Great American Smoke Out is actually a program, or initiative, by the American Cancer Society that began in the early 1970's". The idea is that if smokers can quit for one day, they can quit for one day at a time, turning into quitting permanently.

The number of deaths in America caused by cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke yearly. Your family and friends want you to have a long and healthy life.